The Saints will have at least eight picks in the upcoming draft, and could end up with more depending on how compensation picks end up.
However, New Orleans will not have a first-round pick because of the trade they made last season with the Patriots that allowed the Saints to draft Mark Ingram. New Orleans will have a single pick in rounds two through seven, and will have an extra pick in rounds four and six.
The second pick in the sixth round is from the Washington Redskins for the trade involving Jammal Brown a few years ago. The extra pick in the fourth round is from the Reggie Bush trade this past offseason; that pick has still not been revealed, but I am going to assume it is a fourth round pick.
The Saints have a few areas of need, especially on the defense. New Orleans could end up with different needs after the free agency period begins because key players such as Carl Nicks, Marques Colston, Robert Meachem and Tracy Porter could all end up leaving.
However, for now I believe the biggest needs fall on defense, specifically the defensive line and outside linebacker spots. This has been a consistent weakness for the Saints, but they are getting closer to solving that problem.
The Saints will definitely be bringing in a new defensive coordinator this offseason and he will hopefully excite the talented players that are already on defense, but also develop the ones that are not yet in New Orleans.
Now, let's take a look at the full seven-round NFL mock draft for the New Orleans Saints.